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Introduction to Technical Flats - Part 4 of 10

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INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL FLATS

SECTION 4: COLORING UP

Need to catch up? Read Section 3: Flats Introduction

Follow along with this step-by-step video!

This post goes through the basic method, for complete instructions, definitely check out the video.

 

HOW TO COLOR A SKETCH


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To easily color up your apparel flats, always make sure that the sketch is grouped and that the outline of the sketch is a closed shape. Using the t-shirt example we created earlier, double click on the group to isolate it. Click on the outlined shape.

 
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Select a fill color in the swatches panel, your shape will fill with the color. If you aren’t seeing some of your stitch/seam lines, select the filled shape and right click (PC) or [control+click] (Mac) and choose Arrange > Send to Back.

 

Sometimes, you may need to add more colors to your sketch. The best way to do this is by layering colors or textures on top of one another. In this example, let’s make the neck trim a different color.

Start by highlighting the anchor points at the front neck piecing on top and bottom using the direct select tool [a] and holding shift to highlight multiple points.

 
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Copy and paste in front: [ctrl+c] (PC) or [command+c] (Mac) and then [ctrl+f] (PC) or [command+f] (Mac).

Then join: right click (PC) or [control+click] (Mac) and select join (do this twice for both sides).

 
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Then fill with the pop color and change the line color to none.

 
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Bring the seam line and the neck line forward by selecting the green fill and the white fill and right click (PC) or [control+click] (Mac) select Arrange > Send to Back.

Quick Tip: You can skip this step if you copy and pasted the neck piecing behind using [ctrl+c] (PC) or [command+c] (Mac) and then [ctrl+b] (PC) or [command+b] (Mac).

 
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Repeat these same steps for the back portion. Notice that the green filled shape is at the back, causing our outline to be behind the white shapes.

 
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To remedy this, select the green filled shape then [ctrl+f] (PC) or [command+f] (Mac) and change the fill to none. Then, right click (PC) or [control+click] (Mac) select Arrange > Bring to Front.

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